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FHA Loan Application Rules

When some FHA mortgage loan applicants fill out their loan paperwork, it may be tempting to leave recent or new financial obligations out of that paperwork. In some cases it may be a simple oversight, in others it might be a question of an applicant mistakenly thinking that the lender won’t know or can’t find out. What’s the reality? FHA loan rules anticipate situations like these. In HUD 4155.1, Chapter Four, Section C, there’s a heading titled, “Recent and/or Undisclosed Debts or Inquiries”. It states: “Lenders must determine the purpose of any recent debts, as the borrower may have incurred the indebtedness to obtain the required cash investment.” That means that the lender must, among other things, determine whether the borrower has gone into debt in order to make his | more...


FHA Loan Credit Standards

When applying for an FHA home loan, many borrowers are in the dark about credit score requirements and other issues related to FICO scores in general. We recently answered a reader question about FHA loan credit requirements and now is a good time to review FHA policy on FICO scores. The FHA requires the lender to use an available credit score to determine whether or not the borrower is eligible for an FHA home loan. The FHA has rules for interpreting or using FICO scores from credit reports. According to the FHA Frequently Asked Questions list on the official site: “When the credit report reflects:


FHA Loan Reader Questions: Credit Scores

A reader asks, “My credit score is in the ‘poor’ range (low score 475. Hi score 585) and I will need assistance with down payment. However, I have an excellent income and have been on the job over 15 yrs. I have recently been approved for an auto loan which I am using to I prove my credit scores. Might I qualify for FHA, and what assistance is available for the down?” The FHA has rules about minimum credit scores needed for FHA loan approval. According to the FHA official site: “When a credit score is available, it must be used to determine eligibility for FHA insured financing. The score that is used to determine eligibility is called the ‘decision credit score’. When the credit report reflects:


HUD Settles Alabama Housing Discrimination Case

A press release issued by the FHA and HUD announces the settlement of a housing discrimination case in Alabama. According to HUDNo.13-077, “The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that LLB&B, Inc., a real estate company based in Mobile, AL,


Remembering Our Veterans

Memorial Day is traditionally a time to remember the sacrifices made by men and women in uniform. The writer Joseph Campbell once said,


FHA Loan Reader Questions: Buying a Home After a Short Sale

A reader asks, “I did a short-sale last year, with total debt forgiveness and no delinquency judgement. I never missed a payment the 8 years I held the mortgage. It did not effect my credit which is currently 737.” “The bank did however report the short sale to the credit bureau and now I


FHA Announces Assistance For Homeowners in Oklahoma

The FHA and HUD have announced disaster relief for victims of the recent tornado in Oklahoma. According to HUDNo.13-078, “HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to the State of Oklahoma in addition to resources being provided by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal partners.


FHA Loan Reader Questions: Closing Costs

A reader asks, “Can you have the closing costs added to your mortgage loan in California? Or do you have to pay them before escrow closes?” Let’s see what the FHA loan rules, as described in HUD 4155.1, have to say about this. Chapter Five, Section A has a heading titled Settlement Requirements Needed To Close, which states: “Lenders may pay a borrower


Foreclosure Avoidance: FHA Modifies Mortgage Rate Rules

The FHA loan program requires borrowers to find a participating lender, negotiate terms, and come to an agreement on an acceptable mortgage loan interest rate. In general, the FHA and HUD do not set or regulate mortgage rates, except to require that such rates be “reasonable and customary” for the market. But the FHA has issued new guidance for mortgage rates as they apply to home loss mitigation/foreclosure avoidance programs as described in FHA Mortgagee Letter 2013-17. “The purpose of this Mortgagee Letter is to provide guidance for determining the interest rates to use when implementing FHA